How to install Tor Browser Bundle in ubuntu

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The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.

The Tor Browser Bundle lets you use Tor on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software. It can run off a USB flash drive, comes with a pre-configured web browser to protect your anonymity, and is self-contained.

Procedure to follow

First you need to download Tor Browser Bundle from here

Now you should be having tar,gz file and you need to extract the file using the following command

tar xzvf tor-browser-gnu-linux-i686-2.2.39-3-dev-en-US.tar.gz

cd tor-browser_en-US

To run the Tor Browser Bundle, execute the start-tor-browser script:


This will launch Vidalia and once that connects to Tor, it will launch Firefox. Do not unpack or run TBB as root.


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5 Responses

  1. wx says:

    sorry, but that’s not installing but just running the software. I want to know how to install into the system, so i can run it from the luncher just typing `tor-browser`

  2. Joseph Bendickson says:

    This description doesn’t suggest WHERE we should logically put the Tor Browser Bundle on Ubunto.

    Should it go in any of these in the $PATH ?

  3. Louis says:

    Joseph : TorProject advises against “installing” the bundle as “root” (administrator), because of security issues. As it seems you need Root permissions to extract the TOR bundle to any of the directories you listed (I tried /usr/local/bin and others), the best place to extract is probably your Home directory. Also, see below.

    wx : good question. Torproject says there’s no need to install. It’s true it works without installing. You can always make a shortcut. Actually, the file “tor-browser-setup” is a short script, which main purpose seems to be to specify its PATH itself.

    Also, it seems there are 3 ways to get the right TOR archive or package. Ubuntu repositories, tor project main download page, or the hard way, at (includes ubuntu). You have to add torproject to your repositories list.

  4. Biep says:

    Unlike torproject,org, launchpad is not blocked in China, so xenial main
    is a good place to get tor.

  5. Gary Kline says:

    Re-install on new laptop after older desktop flamed out!

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